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Ask A CPA - Dependents & Exemptions

Claim Your Parent - Lives With You As A Dependent And Receiving Social Security

Probably yes. Gross income for the dependent test does not include non-taxable social security, tax exempt interest or gifts. For tax year 2013, if his gross income is less than $3,900, then he satisfies the gross income test criteria for claiming him as dependent. Speak to your local CPA to verify if your father meets the other 4 dependency tests so you can claim him as a dependent.

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